In the latest move to maneuver the new administration of BCCI, the Supreme Court of India appointed Vinod Rai as the head of the administration panel. The panel will follow the affairs of the Board closely. The decision to appoint Rai, who is also a former CAG of India, came on January 30, Monday. The administration panel comprises of four members. Ramachandra Guha, noted historian and writer, Diana Edulji, former Captain of India women cricket team and Vikram Limaye, MD and CEO of IDFC Limited, comprise the new administrative panel.
Only Edulji is an experienced former cricketer in the newly appointed panel. She played 20 Tests and 34 ODIs for India. Earlier, the apex court rejected a proposal from the Center to appoint the secretary of the sports ministry as a panel member. Per the court, persons from ministries and bureaucrats cannot be appointed as any BCCI official, as Lodha Panel recommended the bar. For the upcoming ICC meetings, which is set to start on February 2, Amitabh Chaudhary, Anirudh Chaudhry and Limaye are selected to represent BCCI. The present committee will serve on an interim basis until the next BCCI elections.
Presently, Rahul Johri is handling the day to day administration of BCCI as its CEO. The appointment of the new panel was delayed from its previous schedule of January 24, but Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi suggested to wait for the new sports code rolled out by the government. BCCI was also asked to submit three names for the administrator's post. To which, Anil Divan and Gopal Subramanium submitted nine names. BCCI also proposed there three members to represent the board at ICC in the forthcoming meeting.
The Supreme Court justice bench reviewed the nine names only to find out that nine people in the administration would be too many. Reportedly, they included persons above 70 years of age, who were strike out by the bench. The Lodha Committee has been working since 2015 after the formation to review BCCI and cricket administration in the country. There was a log tussle between the incumbent BCCI officials and the panel on the recommendations to overhaul the board. It was only after the Supreme Court intervened to extradite the President, Anurag Thakur along with Secretary Ajay Shirke when the tug of war finally ended.
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